4 plaintiffs join suit tied to Ferguson shooting

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ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Four plaintiffs have joined a federal lawsuit that alleges law enforcement used excessive force after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1rW7GmX ) reports that the original suit was filed Aug. 28. The plaintiffs who joined the suit Thursday are Antawn Harris, Nathan Burns, Kia Bowers and Sandy Bowers. Their claims include that officers pepper-sprayed Burns, shot Harris with a rubber bullet and arrested Kia and Sandy Bowers as they shot photos.

St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington declined to comment about the original suit, and her office phone didn’t accept voice mail messages on Saturday. St. Louis County police announced Friday that they would take charge of the security detail related to protests in Ferguson, effective immediately.